Monday, October 12, 2009

Distressed Sales: Sacramento as Example

by Calculated Risk on 10/12/2009 10:12:00 AM

Note: The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® is now breaking out monthly resales by equity sales (conventional resales), and distressed sales (Short sales and REO sales). I'm following this series (as an example) to see changes in the mix.

Distressed Sales Click on graph for larger image in new window.

Here is the September data.

They started breaking out REO sales last year, but this is only the fourth monthly report with short sales. About 63 percent of all resales (single family homes and condos) were distressed sales in September.

Distressed Sales The second graph shows the mix for the last four months. Conventional and short sales have held steady, but foreclosure resales were lower in August and September. There are many reports of more foreclosures coming, and the number of foreclosure resales should pick up later this year.

Total sales in September were off 18% compared to September 2008; the fourth month in a row with declining YoY sales.

On financing, over half the sales were either all cash (25.2%) or FHA loans (27.6%), suggesting most of the activity in distressed bubble areas like Sacramento is first-time home buyers using government-insured FHA loans (and taking advantage of the tax credits), and investors paying cash.